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Kern County Health Department Coronavirus Update: May 18, 2020

Posted at 11:38 AM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 15:35:05-04

There are new numbers of coronavirus cases in Kern County with 1,547 total positive cases, including 10 non-residents, 976 people have recovered and the death toll remains at 25. Nearly 13,000 tests have come back negative and about 1,600 are still pending.

During Monday morning's press conference, Kern County Public Health Department Director Matt Constantine gave an update on the Kingston Healthcare Center, saying that as of Friday, there are 49 residents and 75 healthcare workers that have tested positive, and 12 deaths.

Constantine added that at Valley Convalescent Hospital there are 17 residents and 9 healthcare workers that have tested positive.

He also discussed the new testing initiative for these nursing facilities.

"Beginning Friday we deployed 5 individuals that went out to Valley Convalescent to start testing ourselves. This has occurred at the county's cost but it's intended to identify those who may be positive earlier so we can help mitigate any transmission to any staff member or any of the other residents that live in these facilities."

Constantine said 70 employees at Valley Convalescent have been tested so far and they plan to test 100 more at San Joaquin Nursing Center Monday and Tuesday.

Coronavirus Testing Sites - Kern County

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State-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free, but if have insurance they will bill
  • No screening criteria

Kern County Fairgrounds
1142 South P Street, Building 4, Access Gate 27

Rosamond Library
3611 Rosamond Blvd, Rosamond CA 93560

Arvin Public Health
204 S Hill Street, Arvin

Wasco Library
1102 7th Street




County-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free
  • No screening criteria
  • Operating with existing provider

Oildale - Good Samaritan Hospital
901 Olive Drive, Bakersfield
  • For Registration call (661) 215-7725
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday 8 am - 12 pm

Ridgecrest - Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
1081 N. China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest
  • For Registration: Text the word "testing" to 833-774-4968 Or Call 866-774-9984
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Delano - Delano Regional Medical Center
1401 Garces Hwy, Delano
  • No Drive-Thru option
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Kern River Valley - Kern Valley Hospital
6412 Laurel Ave, Mt Mesa Wheelchair Logo
  • For Registration call (760) 379-2681 ext 267
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Wednesday - Thursday from 7 am - 2 pm.
Tehachapi - Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley
1100 Magellan Dr 93561

Lamont - Kern County Library
8304 Segrue Road, Lamont, CA 93241
  • For registration call 661-869-6018
  • Drive-Thru and Walk-Up<
  • Testing available for ages 5+ only; parents must be present and give consent for children
  • Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9 am - 2 pm; Tuesday, Thursday 2 pm - 7 pm

Taft - West Side Health Care District
  • For Registration call (661) 765-1935
  • Drive-Thru<
  • TTesting available for all ages; parents must be present and give consent for children
  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm & 3 pm – 7 pm; Saturday 11 am – 3 pm